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The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner

Andrea Mead Lawrence

The Mono Lake Committee helps to carry on Andrea Lawrence's inspirational environmental legacy through the presentation of her annual award.

The 2019 Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner was a wonderful, energetic evening honoring educator and activist Elsa Lopez. As the sun set behind the Ritter Range we remembered Andrea and celebrated Elsa's contributions to hundreds of young people lives, in Los Angeles and here at Mono Lake. You can see photos and read a summary of the evening here on the Mono-logue.

We would love to have you join us at the next Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner. Check back here for updates, or email Lily Pastel for more information.


Tom Soto, Board SecretaryThe Mono Lake Committee helps to carry on AndreaLawrence's inspirational environmental legacy through the presentation of her annual award at the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner, a tradition that Andrea established in 2007.

Past recipients of the Andrea Lawrence Award celebrating passionate engagement in community and the land:

• 2019: Elsa Lopez, Los Angeles-based educator, activist, and pioneer of the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center program
• 2018: Phil Pister, desert fish and golden trout conservationist, environmental ethicist, and retired California Department of Fish & Wildlife fishery biologist
• 2017: Genny Smith, author, editor, activist, and the "Naturalist Queen of the Eastern Sierra"
• 2016: Dan & Leslie Dawson
, formerly of the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp)
• 2015: Ted Schade, formerly of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
• 2014: California Department of Fish & Wildlife

• 2013: Karen Ferrell-Ingram, founding Board member and former Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust
• 2012: Bodie Foundation
• 2011: Eastern Sierra Audubon
• 2008: Mono Lake Committee
• 2007: Friends of the Inyo

The late Andrea Mead Lawrence was an Olympic double gold medalist, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and advocate for Mono Lake's protection.

Andrea's legacy in the Eastern Sierra
Andrea in the news
memorial service for Andrea Mead Lawrence, April 19, 2009
Mono-logue post about Andrea's passing
supporters of Andrea's foundation, ALIMAR

Contributions can be made in honor of Andrea Lawrence and in support of her inspirational vision. Please send to:

Mono Lake Committee
Andrea Lawrence Fund
P.O. Box 29
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6595

Andrea for ALIMAR

Andrea Lawrence Fund

After Andrea's passing in 2009, her non-profit, the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers (ALIMAR), faced the difficult decision of charting a path forward.

Led by Andrea's daughter Quentin, ALIMAR approached the Mono Lake Committee. The two groups crafted a practical and efficient plan to transfer the ALIMAR program to the Committee.

The Mono Lake Committee's newly-created Andrea Lawrence Fund will promote and celebrate passionate engagement in community and the land with an emphasis on encouraging collaboration and inspiring youth to become environmental leaders.

The fund was kicked off by the transfer of all assets from ALIMAR, which has now dissolved as an organization. Special gifts in Andrea's honor are welcomed and will be dedicated to the purposes of the fund. All ALIMAR members will become Mono Lake Committee members, and the Committee will begin hosting the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner.

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